The state of California has released guidelines for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/holidays/ and encourage residents to enjoy the holidays safely by planning alternative celebrations that don’t risk spreading coronavirus to family members and others in the community. Tips for each holiday include:

Halloween

Plan lower-risk celebrations, like:

  • Joining online parties for costume contests or pumpkin carving
  • Enjoying activities from your car like drive-through Halloween displays or drive-in movies
  • Having fun at home with scary movies, a candy scavenger hunt, or turning your home into a haunted house
  • Putting on costumes and going on a physically distanced walk with your household
  • Dressing up your home or yard with Halloween decorations
  • Many traditional Halloween celebrations – such as parties and in-person, door to door trick-or-treating – pose a high risk of spreading COVID-19 and could put your family and loved ones at risk. These activities involve face to face interactions with people from different households, and if an infection is detected among a participant, it will be very difficult to find and notify those who may have been exposed.

For more low-risk Halloween activities, read CDPH’s Guidance for Safer Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Celebrations during COVID-19.

Día de los Muertos

For safety, celebrate Día de los Muertos only with other members of your household, or online.

Some low-risk activities are:

  • Placing altars outside or in a front-facing window so they can be seen from a distance
  • Creating virtual altars online that can be shared through email or social media
  • Creating altar cards that can be sent in the mail
  • Visiting cemeteries only with your household. Wear masks and physically distance from others. Limit time you spend there.
  • For more low-risk Día de los Muertos activities, read CDPH’s Guidance for Safer Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Celebrations during COVID-19.